Causes of editorial baldness

Back after a few weeks, now that my home computer is up and running again. Hopefully I’ll blog a few times a week again.

One missing hyphen ruined my day today. It was in a bad place: the lead headline on the front page, above the fold.

Note the difference between

Closure –



It’s a complicated story that has to do with fonts, points sizes, leading, tracking and other journalistic minutiae. Suffice it to say that I did something clever that backfired because it disappeared in the process of production, and now we have a mistake on the front page of 5,000 copies.

I got a haircut today, which is good, because I’d be tearing it out if it were long enough to grab by the handful.

I’m extremely anal about details. My goal is a newspaper with no typos and spelling errors. I am as devastated by a typo as I am by an irate reader or a factual error. It shouldn’t be that way, but it is.

I will be miserable about it for a week, until another edition of the paper replaces this one at the forefront of my consciousness.


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